"Keith's death is definitely a puzzle with a million pieces. Once the pieces are put together the story behind Keith's death will be revealed!"- Sherri Warren 2011
This is Sherri Warren and I truly believe that there is someone out there who has the information that would bring to justice those responsible for Keith's death or even those responsible for the cover up of the events leading to Keith's death. No matter what Keith was involved in prior to his death, it will not excuse law enforcement for the cover up that they participated in that has blocked my family from the truth to exactly what happen and to allow those whose took his life to get away with it. I pray for justice for my brother everyday. My mom went to her grave fighting for the truth. The holidays are very hard on me living with the thought that whoever took my brothers life or was involved in the cover up continues to live on with the comforting thought that they got away with MURDER.
Hello sherri. First I wanted to say that I am truly sorry to hear that you lost your mother last year. From the unsolved mystery epidsode that I watched she seemed like a very lovely lady and a caring mom. It must be hard for you on the holidays and I can only imagine how much you must miss them both. It breaks my heart to know that your mom went to her grave without justice for her son and fighting for the truth that others so desperately and obviously tried to cover up. I will always remember watching that peticular epidsode and thinking how pretty mary was and that you looked a lot like her. And I could see where Keith got his handsome looks from. I remember when I was a kid I absolutely loved watching "unsolved mysteries". I had a few favorites, but the Keith Warren case always stuck out in my mind. Its facinating and odd that the athorities would automatically rule it a suicide when evidence clearly shows it was murder. So I have a few questions that I've been thinking about. 1.) Have you or your mother ever consider that his murder was racially motivated? 2.) Was it possible that because he mainly associated with his white peers that that made someone so angry that they would want to take his life? 3.)Did anyone retrace his step the day he was found dead near your house? or maybe retrace his steps the days leading up to the day he died? 4.)Was he dating someone? because that means that there was someone closest to him beside family that might have known something. 5.) Did Keith act strangely or out of character the day of or the days leading up to his murder? Keith just didnt seem to be suicidal. and usually you see signs of depression or become withdrawn just before some takes their own life. 6.) Did Mark Finley ever contact you or your mom again other then the one time he left a message on the answering machine saying "I need to unload"? 7.) Do you think its possible that Mark may have confessed to a family memeber or a close friend about what he knew really happened to Keith? If so could you contact that them? 8.) When your mother found the offical police photos of Keith with the note attached to it did anyone try to contact one of the names on your note? If I can remember correctly Mary said that there were other names besides Mark Finley. I'm sorry if I am throwing a lot of question at you, but it's good to finally have a place to get your question answered. The strange things surrounding keiths death have created more questions than answers. I really hope and pray that one day the truth will come out and you finally have the peace and closure you deserve. Thank you so much for taking time to read my questions and comments. God bless and take care.
I apologize for the delay in responding. I really appreciate your kind words and thoughts. To answer your question... at first it was thought by my family that it was racially motivated, however that would not explain away the police actions. it is fair to note that from what I was told back in 1986 police officers would hang out at the school and associate with the students. I personally did not see it but its not to say it has no truth to it. I wish it was as simple as saying that the color of Keith's skin was the motivation behind his death. I just cant believe it to be. Law Enforcement did too many questionable things. From what I was told Mark did go around saying how he "helped put Keith on the tree". I did confront Mark on several occasions and he would deny any participation. I did ask him why was he in "panic" to find Keith the night before his body was found and he explain it away as just wanting to hang out. It is also fair to note the police never questioned Mark.
When Mark Finley died and the police said it was an accident because he stuck a curb and was thrown from his bike, do you know if the Finley family accpeted that conclusion? Theres no doubt that Keith and Mark's cases are connected. If the Finley family doesnt believe that Mark died accidently do you think it is possible that the Warren and Finley family could work together to solved both cases? Solving Mark's case may be the key to solving Keith's murder.
From what my mom told me his family accepted the police ruling as an accident and wanted to move on. From what mom said he was very troubled and his family had pretty much washed their hands of his issues. Mark supposedly had issues with drugs and alcohol at the time of his death.
I think a documentary film and book based on his life and death would be a great idea. Have you ever been approached about telling his story?
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Has anyone been able to retrace his steps the day he was found or the days leading up to that day? I thought I read somewhere on sitcomsonline.com that he was missing for two days before he was found.
He seemed like a pretty popular kid with many friends. It's funny that none of his friends asked about him or went looking for him. Did you get an opportunity to question some of his friends?
I just read some of the fact about Keith warren's murder case on sitcomeonline.com. All I can say is WOW. I found out a lot things not mentioned in the Unsolved Mystery epidsode. Now I have questions I would've never thought to ask had I not look at that site.
Who lived at the house the 911 call came from and did the people living there personally know Keith or the Warren family? How close did they live from the Warren family resident?
Sherri, have you ever considered suing the Silver Springs police department and montgomery county? They cant deny that they purposely botched the investigation from day one. Your mother would never reveal the other individuals mentioned in the threatening letter that was attched to the offical police photos. Where you able to get that information just before she passed?
Would the Warren family ever consider help from a psychic? There are a couple of psychic's that I think you might be interested in. And have you heard of Terry A. O'neal. She is a popular author, poet, screenwriter, and educator. She recently did a documentary about the mysterious disappearance of Maurice Laron Jefferson. The film is being produced by O'Neal. The budget is a $10,000 grant from O'Neal's educational nonprofit organization, Lend Your Hand. It would be great if she could help you put together a documentary about your brother. Her website is www.terryoneal.com
I am surprised that all of the members that show interest in the Keith Warren case from sitcomsonline.com haven't visisted this site. I was looking forward to seeing their discussions on this site in particular.
Interestingly none of Keith's friends called or came by the house during the time between him leaving the house and his body being found. When the 911 call came over the radio the caller stated that there was a body in the basement of the house. When the paramedic got to the front door he was met by three individuals. Claudia Lawson, Chip Wims (sp) and Alan Durant. Alan was the occupant of the house. Alan is actually seen in the background of one of the pictures with Keith on the tree with his shirt off. When the paramedic asked the location of the body they said that the body was now in the woods and Alan was the one who showed him the location. On the police report it states that Claudia Lawson was walking her dog and came across the body on the tree. The police never thought we would ever have conversation with the responding paramedic who clear contradicted what was stated on the report. When Keith didn't come home the first night my mom called all his friend asking if they had seen or heard from him and all denied knowing his where about. My mom did try to reach out several psychic's however none could give her any relevant information to bring closure.
You said before that it was not unusual for police officers to hang out at the school and associate with the students. That doesn't make a lot of sense. It just seems like police officers would have better things to do then to socialize with teenagers. It could be innocent but doubtful. What does make sense is that police officers were into drug related activity involving Keith and his friends. Maybe they sold the drugs to the students. Or they convinced Keith and his friends to sell drugs for them.
A few years ago I came across a website called Brian's Dreams. He is not a famous psychic, but his website has been out there for a while and he has a lot of followers. He seems to be pretty much accurate with his predictions. I dont believe he charges anything for his help except for personal readings. But I could be wrong about that. unlike other psychics he makes his predictions after dreaming. And if you are unsure about seeking help from Brian, its still a facinating website to check out.
You might have heard of the psychic twins Terry and Linda Jamison. They were on the Tyra Banks show and the entertainment news show The Insider. The are very accurate with their predictions which they post on their website. Also you can watch them on youtube.
I would love to see a documentary about Keith's life and death. I bet if it premier in your hometown of Silver Springs it would create a buzz and get people talking again. Have you tried going on talk shows or giving an interview to a major magazine?
It seems likely that Alan Durant would have placed the call to 911 considering it was his house. Were you able to ask him why they said Keith's body was in the basement but ended up in the woods? And who where Alan, Chip, and Claudia to Keith? Were they classmates of Ketih's? If they had moved his body from the basement to the tree, I wonder how much time that took. Something happend between placing that 911 call and placing Keith's body in the tree.
The last time your mom saw Keith did he tell her where he was going and when he would be back?
Alan Durant didn't want anything interaction with me or my mom. In fact all of the so called "friends" that Keith had never called or expressed any care or concern after his death. I lost it after his death and was very emotional. I would run into Keith's friends out and they would literally crossed the street or go the other way just to avoid me. at one point I actually was able to corner one of this so called friends (I cant remember which one" and I said to him at the very least you or your buddies could at the least call my mom and see if she may need snow removed or our grass cut something to show that you have modicum of care. Well wouldn't you know he called up the circle of so called friends and they all came over at one time. My mom made me leave the house. She asked them for any information that could help us bring closure and of course they all played dumb.
I would be very interested in talking to a legit psychic. I will look up information on the suggested ones. I really appreciate your care and concern.
from my understanding Chip Wims (sp) died from a drug overdose, Claudia Lawson lives in TX and believe it or not supposedly works in law enforcement. I do not know the where about of Alan Durant.
I have no idea how to approach the whole interview process or even where to start. The wonderful person who developed this blog has discussed with me about a documentary and I would love to do one. Financially I cannot right now.
Let me know what you think of the psychics I told you about. I really hope they work out for you.
As for the documentary try the international documentary association. It has a great list of grants you can apply for and how to hold funraising events. If you can get the right investors to back the film you can pitch your idea to HBO, IFC, The Sundance Channel or another appropriate cable network. I think writing a book about his life and death would be a good idea too. Maybe you can start from there and turn it into a documentary film.
Do you have any contact with Rodney Kendell? I wonder if there is more he could tell you or help in any way. Earlier you said that Claudia Lawson was walking her dog and came across his body. I remember from the Unsolved Mysteries epidsode that Rodney Kendell had to identify his body. Thats kinda confusing to me. If Claudia was a friend and if it's because of her that the 911 call was placed why couldnt she identify Keith' s body?
Go to youtube and look up the Unsolved Mysteries epidsode about your brother. If you look at the comments, somebody on there claims to have known Keith when they were in kindergarten and has a cousin that was really good friends with Keith. The person who posted the comment said that his cousin was there that night. I dont know what that means. Maybe that means he was just one of the last people to see him alive or something completely different. I dont think any of them have anything to do with Keith's death, but I thought you like to speak with someone else who might have new info for you.
the whole process of locating the body and identifying his body was very complexed. From my understanding no one from the house where the 911 call came from wanted their name on the police report. That is where Rodney came in the picture.
I appreciate the information on youtube. I had no idea that there was a discussion on that site.
The police wont admit to leaking the offical police photo's but did you ever find out exactly when those photo's were place at the Warren door step? From the Unsolved Mysteries epidsode it looks like your mother found them in the day time. Do you think it's possible that your neighbors might have seen who was coming and going that day? Did you question your neighbor?
Someone from youtube asked a really good question about Keith's so called friends parents. Do you know if some or even one of Keith's friend had a parent in law enforcement? Maybe he had friends who's parents were police officer's or detectives. If thats true then that might be a motive for murder. Keith could've witness something or got a hold of some info that could've taken down a lot of people. And some parent who's child was involved decided taking Keith's life was the only way to protect their child and their own reputation. With all the mystery surrounding Keith's death you can never be 100% about anything. But thats just one of many scenerios I've thought about over the years.
Before I forget I just wanted to wish a merry christmas and a happy holiday season. May this Christmas bring gifts of blessings, peace, love, and joy to your heart and home.
"The blessing of the lord be upon you." Psalm 129:8. May you rejoice in the blessings of his love this christmas and always. I know that you must feel a bit of a void in your heart around this time of year. I really want you to enjoy the holiday so I pray that this holiday is extra special for you and those closet to you.
THANK YOU so much for the holiday wish! Although they are not here physically.... I know my mom and Keith both have their arms wrapped around me and are comforting me. I wish the same to you and your family and friends.
I've been thinking about that note that was attached to the photos of Ketih. I remember you said your mother didnt want to reveal the other names mentioned in the note. Did your mother keep the original note in a safe place? Maybe you can find it in her personal belongings.
How was it decided that the photos of Keith would be seen in the 1994 issue of Jet magazine? Was it a hard or easy decision to make? I imagine it created quite a buzz in silver springs.
Offering a reward for infomation might just lead to a huge development. Someone could come forward with facts that could possible crack the case. Money has a way of getting people to talk.
I am glad you like the holiday wish and I hope it lifted your spirit.
Here is one of several articles regarding Keith Warren's death on the ABC-7.com website. They're based in Washington,DC. I also have the video my mom was given by the station. Part 1 February 11, 2002 TONIGHT THE I-TEAM HAS LEARNED THERE HAVE BEEN NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN ONE OF THIS REGION'S LONGEST-RUNNING MYSTERIES: WHO, IF ANYONE, KILLED KEITH WARREN? HIS BODY WAS FOUND HANGING IN RURAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. FIVE YEARS LATER, THE POLICE AUTOPSY PHOTOS MYSTERIOUSLY ARRIVED ON HIS MOTHER'S DOORSTEP, AND INTO THE POSSESSION OF THE I TEAM. NOW A DECADE LATER, IT APPEARS THE LAST CHAPTER MAY HAVE BEEN WRITTEN. Story: Part 1 IT IS ONE OF WASHINGTON'S MOST PERPLEXING MYSTERIES. DID KEITH WARREN COMMITT SUICIDE, OR WAS HE MURDERED? AS THE I-TEAM FIRST REPORTED NEARLY A DECADE AGO, HIS BODY WAS FOUND HANGING FROM A TREE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY. TODAY, KEITH WARREN WOULD BE THIRTY FOUR YEARS OLD. Mary Couey, Keth Warren's mother: "I have to keep seeking justice until there are some answers." NOW, AS WAS THE CASE A DECADE AGO, KEITH WARREN'S MOTHER BELIEVES HER SON WAS MURDERED. Couey: "Oh, it was definitely not suicide. I think it could have been a murder, it could have been homicide, but it was not suicide." SHE CONTIUES TO POINT TO THE I-TEAM'S ORIGINAL FINDINGS: THAT NO AUTOPSY WAS PERFORMED, WARREN'S ORIGINAL CLOTHES WERE CHANGED, AND THE KNOT USED IN THE HANGING APPEARED TO BE BACKWARDS. IT WAS THE I-TEAM'S INVESTIGATION THAT LED THE FAMIKLY TO EXHUME WARREN'S BODY, WHERE ELEVATED TOXINS WERE DISCOVERED INSIDE HIS BODY, LEADING SOME TO CONCLUDE HE HAD INDEED BEEN MURDERED. January 7, 2011 6:45 PM
Part 2 BUT THAT WAS LONG AGO. NOW THE I-TEAM HAS LEARNED THERE IS NEW LIFE IN CONNECTION WITH THE WARREN CASE. SPECIFICALLY, A GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION EXAMINING SEVERAL QUESTIONS. AMONG THEM, THE ISSUE OF MURDER VERSUS SUICIDE, AND ONE NEW TWIST - DID THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT BOTCH THE CASE ENTIRELY, MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SOLVE? Del Walters: "Does it bother you that if Keith Warren did not take his own life, then there's someone out there who comitted murder?" Doug Gansler, Montgomery County State's Attorney: "Yes." IN THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE I-TEAM, MONGTROMERY COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY DOUG GANSLER CONFIRMED A GRAND JURY HAS INDEED BEEN LOOKING AT THE KEITH WARREN CASE. Gansler: "We looked at all the material, along with the sheriff, Ray Kight, and decided to reopen the case." Gansler: "We reopened the case, we used the grand jury, we examined all the leads, we talked to all possible witnesses, and came to a conclusion of inconclusiveness." Del Walters: "Is the final, bottom line in this case going to be that we just don't know what happened to Keith Warren?" Gansler: "There are very strong arguments, having looked at everything in this case, that Keith Warren died of suicide. But there are equally strong arguments to suggest that he did not die of suicide, that he was killed or died accidentally and then was put on this tree afterwards." HE ALSO SAYS THE LIKELY CONCLUSION WILL NOT PLEASE POLICE, AND WILL DO EVEN LESS TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY. Del Walters: "Is it your opinion that the police botched this investigation?" Gansler: "Under today's guidelines and procedures, this would have been botched." January 7, 2011 6:47 PM
Part 2BUT THAT WAS LONG AGO. NOW THE I-TEAM HAS LEARNED THERE IS NEW LIFE IN CONNECTION WITH THE WARREN CASE. SPECIFICALLY, A GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION EXAMINING SEVERAL QUESTIONS. AMONG THEM, THE ISSUE OF MURDER VERSUS SUICIDE, AND ONE NEW TWIST - DID THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT BOTCH THE CASE ENTIRELY, MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SOLVE?Del Walters: "Does it bother you that if Keith Warren did not take his own life, then there's someone out there who comitted murder?" Doug Gansler, Montgomery County State's Attorney: "Yes." IN THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE I-TEAM, MONGTROMERY COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY DOUG GANSLER CONFIRMED A GRAND JURY HAS INDEED BEEN LOOKING AT THE KEITH WARREN CASE. Gansler: "We looked at all the material, along with the sheriff, Ray Kight, and decided to reopen the case." Gansler: "We reopened the case, we used the grand jury, we examined all the leads, we talked to all possible witnesses, and came to a conclusion of inconclusiveness." Del Walters: "Is the final, bottom line in this case going to be that we just don't know what happened to Keith Warren?" Gansler: "There are very strong arguments, having looked at everything in this case, that Keith Warren died of suicide. But there are equally strong arguments to suggest that he did not die of suicide, that he was killed or died accidentally and then was put on this tree afterwards."HE ALSO SAYS THE LIKELY CONCLUSION WILL NOT PLEASE POLICE, AND WILL DO EVEN LESS TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY.Del Walters: "Is it your opinion that the police botched this investigation?"Gansler: "Under today's guidelines and procedures, this would have been botched."
Part 3Del Walters: "Would you be satisfied if the police simply said, 'We blew it?'"Couey: "They botched it from day one. That's the problem - it was a botched investigation, and then they attempted to cover it up."Del Walters: "It's been fifteen years... when does Mary Couey stop?"Couey: "When my last breath is gone. And then I'll pass it on. It won't stop until there is justice."Del Walters on-set:AND SO IT SEEMS CLOSE TO A DECADE AFTER THE I-TEAM DISCOVERED THESE CHILLING PHOTOS, THE QUESTION REMAINS: DID KEITH WARREN TAKE HIS OWN LIFE AS POLICE ORIGINALLY THOUGHT, OR IS THERE STILL A MAN ON THE LOOSE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WHO GOT AWAY WITH MURDER AS THE EVIDENCE NOW SUGGESTS?SADLY, THE BOTTOM LINE SEEMS TO BE THE CASE OF KEITH WARREN WAS BOTCHED FROM THE BEGINNING, AND WILL FOREVER REMAIN UNSOLVED.
Will you post the video on the blog that your mom gave you?
What became of the tip that came in about devil worship? Do you know when EMRC will post new hot tips to discuss? And who is the girl next to Keith in the black and white photo on the first page of the blog? I believe its a picture of keith at a football game.
I will work the video tomorrow. Due to the lack of police support in trying to investigate. None of the tips were ever looked into due to the lapse in time between the date of death and the pictures. Its interesting you ask about that picture, I'm not sure who that is or where my mom got the picture. That picture was posted online and I have no idea where it originated from. I have gone through all my moms photo's.
EMRC is working on updating it as I type.
I like what you've done so far with the blog. With all the new info and the pictures it really is like getting to know the real Keith Warren. I remember where I found the picture. I first saw it at www.panachereport.com. If you look under mainstream classified and stories about half way down you see the title "The Bizarre Death Of Keith Warren". There you will find a mini story about Keith's case and the black and white photo of Keith and the unidentified young lady.
I wanted to contact the individual on youtube myself. But then I thought it's probably best to ask you how you feel about it first. I want to ask him to visit the blog and chat with you.It's totally understandable if you dont want me to, because I dont want to interfere with what you already have going on. I also posted a message on youtube asking anyone who watch the Unsolved Mysteries epidsode to come to this blog instead. I dont know why there aren't more followers. It's like they rather comment on youtube than on this blog.
I appreciate your help. My friend actually did try to reach out to the individual via youtube and has not heard back. I will post the news video's today.
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